Waldo Gaertner. Pantry Cabinets. April 27th , 2020.
For a more traditional look, a relatively small bit of construction can convert a typical doored closet into a niche for a pantry cabinet — either a custom-sized unit or a few prefab cabinets with slim filler panels on the ends to give a seamless look.
Kitchen pantry design and organization requires a personalized approach — budget, size and aesthetic depend on what you need. What is your pantry right now: a compilation of shelves or a walk-in closet? How much space do you have to remodel and renovate? What is the storage used for and how do you want it optimized?
When located along an outside wall, food pantries benefit from the inclusion of a window, a design detail Vitzthum highly favors: “It allows you to see items in natural light.” Instead of doors, keeping a pantry open to the kitchen allows for quick access as well as free flow of light between the spaces.
Wellborn Cabinet’s storage solutions are endless. From drawer inserts with spice racks to base tray and foil pullouts, there truly is nothing Wellborn cannot provide. Along with storage options, lighting in cabinetry is the newest staple every kitchen needs.
For modest homes, pantries work well when they double as circulation space, says architect Sandra Vitzthum of Montpelier, Vermont. Her designs commonly line a short hallway with pantry-style storage cabinets, forming a dual-use area.
You should also organize your pantry with older items in front and newer items in the back. That way you won’t have to worry about opening a new package and then have the added issue of spices expiring or drying out.
Like our Colonial predecessors, modern households maintain stockpiles of provisions, merging the store-bought with the homegrown and homemade. When kitchens and dining rooms can no longer cope, the pantry emerges as an accommodating storage collaborator.
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